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      10.05.2014 20:57
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      Great budget wipes

      I have been buying these Lacura 3 in 1 wipes from Aldi for some time as I have found them to be very good quality and at 89p for 30 wipes they cost less than 3p per wipe which is great value. They come in three different types which are sensitive, normal and vitality for the more mature skin which are the ones I usually use, however I bought the sensitive ones the last time as they hadn't got any of the vitality ones in store. As they cleanse, tone and moisturise you could probably get away with just using these if money or time was tight, but I personally still apply moisturiser or night cream if I am using them before I go to bed. The wipes measure 20cm by 20cm and are white and feel quite thick and strong and I have never experienced them ripping or tearing when I am using them. I can feel the moisture from the wipes and also a tingly feeling when it dries which is the toner part of the wipes working, however my skin does feel soft afterwards. They come in the usual plastic packet with a peel off closure tab which seals back securely and I have not experienced them drying out even when there are only a few left. To use I will start off with my forehead then work down to my neck and then finish off with my eyes which is where I have the most make up. I will sometimes fold the wipe over to maximise the usage and I have never had to use more than one wipe at a time so far and I don't have to use too much pressure either. I do really like these wipes and find them just as good as far more expensive wipes I have bought in the past. They do a fabulous job of removing all traces of my make up and leave my skin feeling refreshed and clean. These wipes are affordable, effective and excellent quality and I will definitely buy them again.

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        18.03.2014 10:25
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        Great results from one tiny tube

        I have bought a lot of Garnier products over the years and have always found them to be very high quality and good for my skin. I bought this Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Eye Roll On Light from Boots when I had a voucher to use up which I had at Christmas and this product came under the offer of buy three for two. It was £9.99 and I bought two other items for the same price so I saved £9.99 which I thought was good value.

        I had been noticing some dark areas and uneven skin colouring patches on my face underneath and at the sides of my eyes recently which I seemed to be able to disguise with foundation but they began to appear again quite quickly throughout the day and I was becoming quite conscious of them. I had read about this skin perfector which is said to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and darker patches so I thought I would give it a try. It contains haloxyl which is said to help treat dark circles and pigmentation. I would say that this is a similar product to Touche Éclat which also evens out skin complexions and disguises dark patches and which is something which I do use, however it is a lot more expensive than this. The BB stands for Blemish Balm creams which Garnier say are hybrid products which combine the benefits of skincare and make-up all into one product .

        The tube is a tiny 7ml so you might think that it is expensive at £9.99 but you really only do have to use a tiny amount. It comes with a small roller ball similar to a deodorant which you apply to the problem areas and it seems to glide over my skin without pulling or stretching at all. You can feel a moistness but it isn't too wet or sticky and it quickly absorbs into my skin and doesn't leave a film or shine. This one is the light shade but you can also get it in darker colours, but be aware that it does dry a bit darker than it looks when you first apply it. I would say that my skin is quite pale so the medium one would not be any good for me as I am sure that this would dry too dark for my complexion. I would say that you can see the colour changing straight away after applying and it takes a few minutes before it stops.

        I apply the roller underneath my eyes and then use my fingers to blend it in and around the sides which is where I get the most discolouration. It does seem to soften my skin but the best thing is that it does disguise my uneven darker patches and my skin looks quite even and smooth. I have been applying this in the morning before going to work and find that the effects last for most of the day which is great as previously I would apply a face powder a few times during the day. I will apply my normal make up on top and it does on evenly and smoothly and just adds to the smooth look but I think as long as you match the colour to your skin colour you wouldn't need to use any more make up if you didn't want to. This cream also has the benefit of having SPF25 UV protection which is important to me as I like to protect my skin from the sun and the area around the eyes is very sensitive and delicate so needs to be looked after.

        Although I wouldn't say it perfects my skin (I would need a face lift for that) it does a good job of improving the general appearance and making it look bright and also smooth and also it protects, moisturises and evens my skin all from one application. This cream is widely available in chemists, supermarkets and online and the prices range from £4.99 to £9.99 and I do recommend it.

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        17.03.2014 11:53
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        A reliable little toaster at a reasonable price

        I bought this toaster for our office as we often work early in the morning so it is used often for our morning toast. As I run the tea fund it is up to me to decide what to buy and as our old toaster was smelling a bit dodgy I picked this toaster up from a small electrical store near to where I work which was on offer for £15 which I thought was a very good price. I know this model is a few years old but at the end of the day I wasn't after the latest all singing all dancing model for the office, just one that we could use on a daily basis and was reliable.

        It has two slots which are wide enough for thick bread, crumpets and also teacakes which are a favourite of mine. There is a high lift feature which lifts whatever you are toasting up very high so you never have to put your fingers anywhere near to the actual toaster which is always a bonus. It works equally well with any thickness of bread as the grip changes to whatever you put in there and it always toasts evenly.

        It is stainless steel and looks very neat and stylish and measures 19cm tall, 30cm wide and18.5cm deep. It has a control panel at the side of the toaster which includes the settings which range from 1 to 6 displayed in digital form, so everyone should be able to get their perfect shade of toast. Personally I will set it to 3 or 4 for toast and 2 for teacakes as I like them very lightly toasted. One of my colleague at work likes her toast very dark so will set it to 5 or 6 and finds this perfect for her. The only thing is with lots of people using different settings you need to check before you use it as you could be disappointed if you forget and then don't watch the toaster closely.

        There is also a defrost button for those times when you forget to take your bread out of the freezer and a reheat button which I find that I often use at work as obviously I still have to answer the phone and other queries. I find that this crisps the toast up if it has gone a bit soggy if it has been left for a while before buttering it. It has a large removable crumb tray which is easily slid out from underneath and which I find needs empting every few weeks. It also has a cancel button if you change your mind when you have started toasting and it has a non slip base for extra safety.

        As it is stainless steel it does attract finger marks but it is easy to wipe over and we always keep a tub of wipes in the kitchen area so one of us will wipe it over regularly so it always looks shiny and clean. It came with an instruction booklet and a twelve month guarantee and is a reliable and stylish looking toaster which you can pick up online from Amazon and other online sites for around £20. It is a great two slice toaster and has been very reliable and it always toasts bread very evenly and thoroughly. A highly recommended toaster which won't break the bank.

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        16.03.2014 18:25
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        Good value no nonsense straighteners

        My hair is naturally wavy and has got a mind of its own so I do use straighteners regularly. I bought these Remington S3500 ceramic straighteners from Amazon using a voucher I had for a birthday present. They were reduced from £24.99 to £19.99 which I thought was a very good price. They are also this price currently at Boots and Argos. My previous straighteners were Remington which my daughter borrowed and very conveniently forgot to bring them back. I know a lot of people will only use GHD's but these are far too expensive for me and as I have always been more than pleased with the results of the Remington straighteners I was happy to buy another pair.

        They are plain black and have an on off switch and a dial to control the temperature from low right up to 230 degrees, and the dial is easy to turn while you are using them if you find that you need to alter the heat setting. I will use the highest setting if I am styling my hair after washing it but will usually use a lower setting if I am just sprucing it up between washes as I find that it works just as well.

        The ceramic plates do grip my hair firmly but I have never experienced my hair pulling or getting stuck. There is a switch near to the cord end which locks the straighteners when you put them away and they do seem to cool down quite quickly, although more often than not I will leave them on the dressing table if I use them in the morning as I am usually strapped for time. They come with a handy heat proof pouch if you do put them away before they are completely cool, and have a 2 year warranty.

        I will wash my hair every two or three days and will dry it with my hairdryer and will then use the straighteners for my fringe and crown. On the days that I don't wash my hair I will only use them if I need to as I don't like to inflict too much heat on my hair even though the plates are ceramic. If I am going out in the evening I will spend about five minutes or more straightening it but in the morning I would say that it only takes me about two to three minutes as I now have it down to a fine art.

        These straighteners are supposed to heat up in 15 seconds and they actually do so by the time I have plugged them in and picked up my brush and separated my hair into small sections they are ready to use. I always start with my fringe and will pull it down in about three sections and then pass each section through the plates in a downwards motion. I will then section off my crown, sometimes using a clip if I am doing it properly and repeat this action but will pull my hair in an upwards motion. I find that I only have to do each section once but my hair is quite thick and it does style easily. When I have finished I will use my fingers to finish moulding and styling my hair to the required style and then finish it off with a quick spray of gel or something similar.

        I think these are a good reliable set of straighteners which don't cost the earth and they do everything I need them to do. I have had them for around six months and they have shown no signs of wear or tear and the ceramic plates are in perfect condition. If you have never used straighteners before I think these are ideal for you to try without shelling out a lot of money and really do a good job.

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        16.03.2014 14:14
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        Gives you a good feeling

        Exfoliation is something which I should do far more often than I do, but sometimes I just haven't got the time or the inclination for this extra beauty routine, however when I do it I am really glad I have made the effort as my skin feels so much better. I bought these Opal London exfoliating gloves directly from Opal when I ordered some other products from them and paid £4.95, however they are currently only £2.69 from Ocado so if you are thinking of buying a pair this is a fabulous deal. I have got the black one but they come in a variety of other bright colours including lime, orange, light blue, mint green, hot pink and purple. The bright coloured ones do look very jazzy and modern and would be a great gift for any age.

        They are one size and are made of a textured nylon which does feel quite uneven to the touch but this is what actually removes the dead skin cells. They measure 15cm by 19cm so they do look quite small at first glance but they do have a lot of stretch to them so they will fit all size hands. The gloves are said to be machine washable and mildew resistant, however I don't really see why they would need to be put in the washing machine as they are constantly in water. I will always rinse mine when I have finished so I am happy that they are always clean and ready to use.

        Exfoliation is important as it removes the dead cells from the surface of your skin which in turn improves its appearance and also prevents pores clogging. As dead skin cells can make your skin look dull by getting rid of them it can make your skin look brighter and younger and it also promotes new skin growth.

        I will usually exfoliate in the shower and will first of all wet my body and then pour a small amount of exfoliating scrub or soap onto one of the gloves and then rub my hands together for a few seconds to distribute it to both gloves. I will sometimes use just my normal bathroom soap with the gloves, mainly because I keep my gloves on a shelf at the side of the bath but my exfoliating scrub is in the bathroom cabinet along with my other toiletries. As I often just decide when I am in the shower that I am going to use the gloves I cannot be bothered to get out so I will just use what is to hand. However soap does work almost as well as the skin cells are really removed by the exfoliating gloves and an exfoliating scrub will just enhance this.

        As the gloves are so textured you don't have to really rub very hard but it is the circular action which you repeat which does the work. I will usually start with my arms and then work my way down to my legs and then go right down to the bottom of my feet. If I find that the gloves are becoming a bit dry as when I am using them I step back from the shower spray so that the scrub or soap isn't washed off before I can rub it in, I will just put my hands back under the shower and continue. I find that as they are fitted gloves you have complete control on each part of your body which you are working on and can control the pressure for different areas.

        When I am happy that I have done enough rubbing I will rinse the gloves well under the shower and then put them on the shelf to dry and find that they will dry very quickly as they are nylon. I then rinse myself under the shower in the usual way making sure that all traces of the soap or scrub have gone. My skin sometimes looks a bit red when I have finished but it is not painful at all and it does look refreshed and bright, and I will apply a body moisturiser to finish off the process.

        I would say that I use these gloves around once a week or maybe a bit less but I am happy that I am generally looking after my skin and rejuvenating it. If you can pick these gloves up for £2.69 I think they are a fantastic bargain and will last you ages. They are highly recommended by me and well deserve five stars.

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        15.03.2014 19:26
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        Good to keep in for when you're feeling a bit under the weather

        Now the weather is starting to get a bit cooler this is the time I start to think about looking after my health a bit more as I do tend to get quite a few head colds which I just can't seem to shake off. I am not keen on taking tablets so a dissolvable tablet is perfect for me and as orange is one of my favourite fruits I bought these from my local chemist for £2.75. This is a good price for these as they do retail for around £3.50. There are definitely a lot cheaper alternatives but I think that Haliborange are a well known trusted brand which have been around for a long time and they do work for me. These tablets claim to have as much Vitamin C as 20 freshly pressed oranges so are very concentrated.

        I think they are great to take just as a general health booster for anyone even if you don't suffer from colds as the vitamin C aids your immune system and just generally give you a lift. They come in a long tube and I just flip the cap off using my thumbs. They are free from artificial preservatives and contain the following ingredients:

        Sucrose
        Vitamin C
        Sodium Bicarbonate
        Citric Acid
        Flavour (Orange 3%-1)
        Colours (Beetroot Powder Prep, Maltodextrin, Beetroot Juice Concentrate, Riboflavin, Phosphate)
        Maize Starch
        Sweeteners (Sodium Cyclamate, Sodium Saccharin)
        Glucose Syrup
        1-From Soya

        The tablets are about an inch across and I will dissolve one tablet in a half pint glass filled up about three quarters full as this is the consistency I prefer, however some people will like the tablets more or less diluted. The tablets do start to fizz as they are melting and I usually help it along by stirring it with a spoon as they sometimes don't always fully dissolve if you leave them on their own. They do have quite a sweet orange taste but it isn't too strong so I would think they would be suitable for most people. I can taste the fruity taste in my mouth for a while after drinking it.

        I would say that these sort of drinks are aimed to inject an extra dose of vitamin C in your system to boost your immune system but they don't replace a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you haven't been eating properly due to illness they would also be suitable to help to build your vitamin C intake up again. When I am taking these I feel that I am just giving myself an extra bit of care towards a healthier body. Apparently our bodies cannot store Vitamin C for any length of time so these tablets are a tasty way to replenish it. I would say that if I start to take these when I feel a cold coming on my symptoms don't seem to severe.

        I have tried other brands of effervescent tablets in the past which are considerably cheaper than these, however I can feel more of a difference in my health when I take these. If I am feeling a bit under the weather I will have one a day for about three or four days and I find that this is sufficient to give me the needed boost, so they do last quite some time, however if you need to take them more regular than this, then these could work out a bit on the expensive side. The instructions tell you that you can actually have up to two a day, pregnant women should consult their doctors before taking any supplements and to keep out of the reach of children.

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        15.03.2014 12:51
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        Good quality handcream which protects and moisturises

        I have always used hand cream and will always have a few on the go at any one time, with one at home, one in my drawer at work and sometimes one in my handbag. I would say that I probably apply hand cream about three times a day on average, and more so if the weather is particularly cold. This E45 cream is my current one which I use at home and my husband will also use it occasionally.

        I do like E45 products and have used their body lotion and bath oil as it their products don't contain any perfumes and are hypo allergenic. This comes in a 50ml tube with a flip top and the opening is wide enough to squeeze a decent amount of cream with one squeeze. The cream itself is white and is quite thick but feels smooth and not greasy at all. It has no smell which is something that I like as there is nothing worse than eating your sandwich and tasting lavender or roses and as it is unperfumed it is suitable for everyone.

        To use I will squeeze a blob onto the back of my hand around the size of a five pence piece and find that this is plenty to rub into my hands. I will make sure that I rub it in between my fingers as this is sometimes where I get cracks in the cold weather. It absorbs quickly without too much rubbing and my hands feel soft and hydrated. I have never had any residue left on my hands or felt that I can't touch anything afterwards without leaving behind any remnants of cream. If I put my gloves on soon after using the cream I find there is no feeling of moisture or wetness in the glove as the cream is totally absorbed into my skin.

        E45 claim that this hand cream is intensive and gives intensive long lasting moisturisation to dry, rough and chapped hands, and I can definitely said that my hands feel very soft straight away and this feeling remains for some time after use. They also claim that is restores the skin's natural barrier and I do feel that my hands are protected more than they would feel if I had not used the cream.

        I last bought this cream from Tesco and paid £2.60, and it is currently £3.99 at Boots, £4.00 at Sainsbury's and £2.49 at Superdrug so you do need to shop round to get it on offer. I would say that a tube will probably last me around two months and this is with my husband occasionally using it.

        I do feel that I am giving my hands a good base of protection and I do think that it keeps my hands soft and supple especially during the winter months. The effects last a long time and I highly recommend it for anyone who has dry hands but also for everyone who likes to look after their hands, keep them in good condition and give them a bit of protection against the elements.

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          14.03.2014 18:34
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          Looks and feels a lot more expensive than £12

          I think there is nothing nicer than putting your pyjamas and dressing gown on and snuggling in front of the television in the evening. I have got a few dressing gowns of varying lengths for the different seasons and I wear this short dressing gown in the spring and autumn months when it is not cold enough for my floor length one and too warm for my thin summer ones. There is a Matalan near to where I work so I often pop down in my lunch hour to have a look as I do like their clothes as I find them well priced and good quality.

          I bought this one for £12.00 in a size 16-18 last year, but they also come in sizes 8-10, 12-14 and 20-22. This size is quite generous on me but it enables me to wrap myself up in it and feels lovely and snugly. Mine is a medium pink colour but I have seen them in a paler pink and also cream at the same price.

          This is called a short dressing gown but it actually comes to just below my bottom. It has two large deep pockets to the front and a belt which is long enough to tie at the front of the dressing gown and which holds it in place when tied. There is a fold back collar which goes all the way round the neck and down to the chest and the wrap over is very generous so that when you tie the belt round it doesn't gape open.

          It is made of 100 per cent polyester and is very soft and fluffy to the touch. I will wash it in the washing machine on a 30 or 40 degree wash and it dries very quickly and seems to fluff back up again when it is dry. My tumble dryer is currently not working but I would probably finish it off in there if it was working.

          This dressing gown is very well made and has shown no signs of wear and tear and I have worn and washed it a lot now. I would definitely buy another one of these from Matalan and they also do a similar one in a long length which I would also buy which I think is around £16. This dressing gown does look and feel a lot more expensive than it was, it definitely keeps me feeling cosy and snug and is recommended by me.

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          14.03.2014 11:14
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          Comfy briefs are the way forward!

          I recently started an account with very.co.uk and one of the items I bought was this pack of six Playtex cherish high leg briefs. They were £24.00 but were reduced to £19.00 which made them just over £3 a pair which I think is a good price for a good quality brief. Also as it was my first order I had ten per cent off so this actually made them even cheaper.

          You can get these in white and black and I chose the white as I can wear them under lighter cotton trousers in the summer. They come in four sizes, 10 (S), 12 (M), 14 (L) and 16 (XL) however these sizes are very generous. I have bought Playtex briefs before and find that the 14 (L) is plenty big enough for me and I am usually a size 16 in clothes.

          These briefs are made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane and are very soft and lightweight. Although there is only 5% elastane there is a lot of stretch and they do feel as though they are hugging your skin without being too tight. The curved leg sits high and comfortable on your hip and there are no uncomfortable seams as they are all very flat. The waistband is about three quarters of an inch and has the word Playtex and the Playtex logo in a light grey but this is not too noticeable.

          I will wash them in the washing machine at 30 degrees and find that they dry very quickly. They are wonderfully comfortable to wear and I wear them all the time, in fact I have just ordered another pack in the black. Although they are on the larger size for briefs they are not too old fashioned due to the shape and I think would appeal to all ages. They are ideal to wear underneath fitted clothing as all the seams are flat so you don't get a VPL. They are well stitched and previous Playtex briefs have lasted me for years so I am sure that these will be the same. Definitely recommended and deserving of 5 stars.

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            They do work your legs without you realising that you are doing a work out

            I love fit flops and have got several pairs and I do wear them often. The ones I am reviewing today are genuine Reebok Electra fit flops which I bought from a shoe shop whilst on holiday last year. They are a medium grey in colour with patent grey straps with a sequin jewel effect and were in the sale for £30 and were reduced from £59.99.

            Reebok claim that these fit flops absorb 36 per cent more shock than ordinary flip flops and require15 per cent more energy to walk on. They also say that the toe post is angled so that you need to push your foot off more to maintain your speed of walking and they increase the work of your glutes maximus!

            They are not very delicate or pretty in appearance and can perhaps look a bit clumpy which is probably why quite a lot of them have jewels or pretty patent straps to make them appear a bit more feminine. I do wear them a lot in the house and also with jeans or combat trousers to walk to the shops and have worn them when out walking at the weekend. They have never rubbed my feet and although they are made of rubber they seem to remain cool even in the hot weather.

            The sole I would describe as spongy and is a very durable but cushioned rubber which is shaped to fit your foot. The toe post is made of leather and is very soft and pliable and from the first time I wore them it hasn't rubbed me at all. As with all fit flops the side straps come quite far back towards the back of your foot which makes them feel secure.

            I initially bought these because of the claim that they gave you a work out without actually working out and as they feel quite springy to the step you do feel that your calf muscles are contracting with each step. I cannot really feel any other muscles working but whether it is a bit of mind over matter I do feel that they have helped to tone my legs since wearing them and if they are giving me a work out even slightly this is great news. I am definitely in favour of this sort of 'non exercise'.

            I would say that there is hardly any visible wear to these fit flops. They have not worn down at the back or sides and when they have got a bit dirty from wearing them in the park I just put them in the sink and give them a quick rub and they come up as good as new. If these do eventually wear out I would definitely buy another pair, especially if I can get another bargain.

            I would recommend these fit flops as they are extremely comfortable footwear and I think they do help to keep my legs toned and fit. I don't think that I would pay £60 for them though but didn't mind paying £30 as I do like wearing these and know that they will last me a long time.

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              Yes please

              When it was my birthday I was delighted that one of my presents from my husband was a box of Lindt Master Chocolatier Collection in the large 305g size which was a fabulous present. Although I could eat chocolate every day I really do try and limit myself due to constantly watching my weight as I find that nowadays it is very easy to put a few pounds on but extremely difficult to get rid of it. I do prefer luxurious and hand made chocolates and would much rather have one or two high quality chocolates than a box of ordinary run of the mill chocolates such as Milk Tray or Terrys All Gold. I think that well made luxurious chocolates like Lindt taste so much nicer and the flavour seems to linger in your mouth rather than just the sweet undefined taste you get from cheaper chocolates.

              These chocolates come in a white box with red and brown swirls on the front and a picture of three chocolates and it contains 30 individual chocolates in a tray which has five rows of six chocolates. The chocolates included are caramel praline, hazelnut cup, crème brulee, feuillantine praline, dark praline, almond praline, dark ganache, toffee truffle, raspberry ganache, milk caramel, almond truffle, tiramisu, dark caramel, white chocolate swirl, orange and hazelnut praline and coffee ganache. All the chocolates have their own unique taste and texture and although I obviously have my favourites there are none that I don't like. I have only had these particular chocolates once before when I was given them as a thank you gift for helping a friend and this was the smaller size so I knew what I was getting this time, although there are a couple of different chocolates in the larger size.

              With other chocolates I would say that pralines are not my favourites as I find them all to taste very similar however there are several pralines in these and they are all lovely and very different, from the caramel praline which is crunchy caramelised flakes in milk chocolate to the orange and hazelnut praline which is dark chocolate and has a lovely tangy orange flavour and lovely hazelnut bits in. I think my favourites is the raspberry ganache as I love the texture and richness of ganache and raspberry is one of my favourite fruits. This chocolate is sweet but tangy and leaves a lovely aftertaste in my mouth. I don't usually choose white chocolate as my first choice but the white chocolate swirl which has small meringue pieces just melts on your tongue, but is very sweet so one is definitely enough of these.

              As these were a present I am not sure how much my husband paid for them but the retail at round about £12 to £15. They also do a smaller 144g box which contains 14 chocolates and which you can get for around £6 or £7. I know some people may think this is expensive but these chocolates are excellent quality and unlike cheaper chocolates you don't feel the need to scoff them all in one sitting (or maybe you do?) In comparison I have bought a box of eight hand made chocolates for a gift and paid £4 (and 50p for the box) so chocolate for chocolate these Lindt ones are cheaper.

              Lindt have been making chocolate since 1845 and it is said that to qualify as a Master Chocolatier it takes a minimum of five years training and that only the best succeed. Lindt claim that their chocolates are a joy to give and a delight to receive and I do agree wholeheartedly with this claim. I think that these chocolates are rich, sumptuous and delicious and although I wouldn't buy them regularly I would definitely buy them for a special occasion and will be very happy to receive them as a present (if any of my family are reading this review).

              Each 100g contains 567 calories which makes each chocolate around 85 calories, so three chocolates at 255 calories is less than a Mars Bar at 260 calories and in my opinion there is no comparison whatsoever as the quality of these chocolates is far superior in every way and as the flavours are so rich and intense you really know that you have had a treat. Each 100g also contains 37g fat, 52g carbs so are not good for those on the Atkins diet, 4.7g protein and 0.15g of salt. Also a lot of the chocolates do contain nuts so would not be suitable for people with allergies but as I am not nut intolerant and not on the Atkins diet they are perfect for me!

              I would say that this box of chocolates lasted me well over a week as I really did only try to eat about three chocolates each day and to be honest they are so rich and satisfying that this amount was sufficient to give me my fix. Obviously with such delicious chocolates as these I try not to offer them round too much (yes I know very selfish!). I think there is nothing better than sitting down in the afternoon with a nice cup of tea and to open a box of luxurious chocolates and just savour the moment.

              I would recommend these chocolates for anyone who likes good quality chocolate and a nice treat and I am sure that they would be very much appreciated as a gift and could win you a lot of brownie points, after all everyone loves a bit of indulgence occasionally.

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              • Puma Ankle Socks Women / Clothing / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                Good value every day trainers socks

                I always wear trainer socks when I wear my trainers as I wouldn't wear them without socks but don't like seeing longer socks sticking out of the top of my trainers. These Puma trainer socks are perfect as they just overlap my trainers by about a centimetre and as the ones I chose are white they are not very noticeable but they also came in pink and black. I also wear ankle socks under my ankle boots as I find them the most comfortable to wear and seem to keep in place.

                I bought these in a pack of three from Sports Direct and paid just £4 which I thought was a good price. I have previously seen them at Sports Direct for £4.99 and also online from £4 to £7. They have the Puma cat and Puma logo which give them a sporty look which is in a medium grey colour. They are made of 65% cotton, 33% Polyamide and 2% Elastane which helps to give them their stretch which you notice when you are putting them on and they really do feel soft.

                The soles are slightly cushioned so they are soft to walk on and comfortable to wear. I bought them in sizes 3-5 and find that they fit quite snugly but not too tightly but if I inadvertently shrunk them in the washer or dryer this could be a problem. They also came in sizes 6-8 but these would definitely have been too big as I am a size 4 and a half or 5.

                I have found these socks very easy to wear, they haven't rubbed or irritated my feet at all. I have worn them when I have been jogging and they have not slid down into my trainers and have kept my feet warm but not made them sweat too much. I wash them in my usual 30 degree wash and I have tumble dried them just to finish them off but will usually dry them on the clothes airer due to the high cotton content.

                White socks don't usually stay very white for long but these don't look too bad and seem to be keeping their colour more than cheaper socks I have bought. But at £1.33 a pair I don't mind too much replacing them if they begin to look too grey. I would buy these socks again and recommend them as good everyday sports socks.

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                Lovely to slip into at the end of the day

                I love snuggling up in my pyjamas and have got quite a few pairs as I will often put them on after having a shower in the early evening as they are so comfortable. I have bought several pairs of these pyjama bottoms from Tesco sometimes with the matching top but I will also buy them separately as I wear them with another pyjama top or just a loose t-shirt or vest top.

                The last ones I bought were a lovely red, pink and white checked design but I have also got a pink and white pair and a grey and pink pair. The recommended retail price is £8 but I got the grey and pink pair in the sale for £5, but I don't think that £8 is too bad a price for a good quality pair of pyjama bottoms.

                These pyjama bottoms are made of a lovely soft jersey cotton and have a very soft brushed feel to them. They come in three sizes, 8-10, 12-14 and 16-18 and I bought the larger size for comfort. They have an elasticated waist and have quite a thick waistband so they feel very comfortable. The legs are wide enough so that you can tuck your feel underneath you as I often do and they don't feel tight on your legs. When I have worn them for a few days the knees do have a bit of a baggy look but as soon as I wash them they always seem to go back in shape. The legs are probably a bit too long or is it me having short legs, but if I do go outside to put the rubbish out or pick some herbs or vegetables from the garden whilst wearing them I will just roll them up which is easy enough to do. You can tumble dry them but I usually just dry them on the line outside if possible or on the clothes airer and find that they don't take long at all to dry and they don't need any ironing which is always a bonus.

                They do quite a lot of different pairs of these pyjama bottoms some of which are really quite pretty and fun designs and they do seem to bring new ones out regularly. I love putting these on after my shower in the evening, they are comfortable and warm and I wouldn't be too embarrassed if I answered the door in them! I don't wear them to sleep as I would get too hot but I think they are super for chilling around the house.

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                • Breo Sports Watch / Watch / 32 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                  A bright fun watch suitable for everyone

                  I bought this watch to wear for work as I had ruined a few of my nice watches so I didn't want anything too big or too expensive. I like different coloured watches rather than metal an these Breo sports watches looked just the sort I go for. One of my work colleagues had got one of these Breo watches in the lime green and I thought it looked very bright and stylish. I bought mine from Amazon for £5.50 and chose the light blue one but they also came in lots of other colours including bright pink, green, dark blue, black and white so you could choose one to go with almost any outfit. The recommended retail price is £10.00 but you can get them from Amazon and other online websites for around a fiver.

                  They come in different sizes, small, medium and large and I chose the small size for me as my wrists are surprisingly small compared to the rest of my body! This is plenty big enough for me and I could actually have gone even smaller if they did a smaller size as it does move round a little bit on my wrist but you do need to be able to get it over your hand as it is all in one piece and does not have a fastener. The large measures 18cm, the medium 17cm and the small 16cm.

                  The main thing that I liked about these watches is that they are very small and discreet and are thin in design with a small rectangular digital LCD display which displays the time. They are made of a rubber like material which is called tourmaline which is pliable enough to get over your hand but it doesn't stretch out of shape. It is very light and you cant really feel that you have got it on.

                  It comes complete with an instruction leaflet which explains how to set the time and replace the battery. There are some tiny buttons underneath the watch which you need to press with a pin or needle to set the time and date. These are quite small and I wouldn't be able to do this without my glasses on but it is simple enough to do. You can set the clock to 12 or 24 hour time, I personally have it on the 24 time but this is just down to my personal choice. It is water resistant up to 10 metres but unless I forget I have it on when I am washing up this isn't really relevant for me. I am not really sure why it is referred to as a sports watch as it has no stopwatch but maybe it is down to the fact that you can get it wet and also it won't scratch you or others if you are wearing it for a contact sport.

                  I have worn this watch a lot since I bought it around four months ago both for work and at home. I find it is very comfortable to wear and has not lost any time. I think that this is a fun everyday watch in a neat design which can be worn by anyone and at around a fiver a time they are very affordable and you could have several different colours to match your outfit or your mood.

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                  • Tesco Value Hand Blender / Blender / 34 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                    Quick and easy to use

                    I recently bought this Tesco value HB07 hand blender when I went to make some soup and realised that my daughter had borrowed my blender and conveniently forgot to return it. It was coming up to payday so I hadn't got a lot of money left so I bought this one for £5.50. It came in a white box with the usual value logo's which contained the blender and instructions for use.

                    It is all white and is made of a strong plastic with the only metal parts being the blades. It measures just over 38cm tall and 7 cm deep which is an average size for a hand blender and it is 150w so it isn't the most powerful but I find that it is sufficient for my requirements. It is curved in shape which tapers in and then curves out for the bladed part and it is comfortable to hold and light enough to use it with one hand. The power cord extends from the bottom and there is a small ring so you could hang it up if you wanted to. The cord is less than three foot so you do need to make sure that you are using it next to a plug but I have plenty of plugs in my kitchen so it is no problem for me.

                    To use you simply plug it in and press the large grey button which is positioned so that it is easy to operate with your thumb while you are using it to blend. I have used it several times to make soup as I am on one of my many diets which includes soup most days for lunch. I don't like tinned or packet soups if I can help it and much prefer to make my own as I know that it only contains fresh and natural ingredients. I have also used it for batter for pancakes and to make smoothies if I have some fruit which is past its best as I hate throwing anything away and find that a smoothie will last for a few days in the fridge once blended.

                    I find that it is comfortable to use and it isn't heavy to hold at all, even when I am blending a large amount of vegetables at one time. As with all hand blenders you have to make sure that you don't let the blades touch the bottom of the bowl or dish for long as this can damage the blades. As it is a basic model there is only one speed but to be honest this is all I need for what I use it for and if I am using particularly large vegetables I will roughly chop them up first to make it a bit easier.

                    I find that if I wash it immediately after use it cleans quickly and easily, usually just under a running tap with a quick rub with my washing up brush and a bit of washing up liquid. This is a simple hand blender but it is very easy to use and is far quicker than getting the food processor out of the box and setting it up just to blend a few vegetables and which needs a lot of washing up afterwards. With this you simply plug it in and you're ready to go.

                    I do recommend this hand blender as it does everything I need it to do and does it well. It is easy to use and maintain and is a bargain at just over a fiver.

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